On self-knowledge

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  • Published 20110906
  • ISBN: 9781921758225
  • Extent: 264 pp
  • Paperback (234 x 153mm), eBook

Selected for The Best Australian Essays 2011

ON MY LEFT index finger is a ring that fits snugly. It’s been there for a decade. I began to wear it several years after my father died. Then, a few days ago, I was washing my oily hands in hot water – I’d been cooking a fish dish – and the ring slipped off. This had never happened before. I’m staying in lodgings in London – though they go by some flashier name – and the basin I was using lacked a plug, the metal sort you manipulate up and down via a lever behind the central hot and cold tap. The ring shot straight down the plughole.

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